Last night was the first time we saw 4 candidates on stage and you’d think that since an hour is divisible by 4…they all would have had equal time to speak. On the contrary, most of the time was spent focused on back and forth banter between Santorum, Romney and Gingrich. On the subject of Healthcare reform and Abortion, after the banter had calmed, the host would try to change the subject and begin with Paul on the next question but Paul demanded to be a part of the previous conversation. Paul touted his time as a OBGYN for 30 years and his expertise in medical matters shined through. Whereas, Romney, Santorum and Gingrich had purely political ideas without any real solutions.
The Republican nomination is a race between 3 men who have bought into a concept of Washington D.C. that requires an individual to ‘pick a team’ and support that team at any cost. Essentially, we’re watching three of the highest paid teams versus the lowest paid team and in this instance, the lowest paid team is taking the other three to school. It’s clear when you watch the debates that the three die hard Republicans are pandering to their comrades with whom they adjust policy to create wealth for one another. The only candidate who can say he’s never been a lobbyist or been paid by a lobbyist is Ron Paul.
One wishes they could explain some of Gingrich, Romney and Santorum’s plans by listening to them answer questions but due to their extremely political answers and unbelievable promises, one can easily get lost. When the four were asked if it was really possible to overturn, what they referred to as Obamacare, 3 of the 4 promised immediate action and one of them told the truth. There is no magic wand that lets the President walk-in to office and overturn a major policy, however, listening to Romney, Santorum and Gingrich speak you would think there was a magic wand. Ron Paul said that technically it is possible but steps have to be taken to get to that point. He gave a list of sensible solutions, as a Representative from Texas and a doctor of 30 years, he knows what has changed the climate of Healthcare for better and for worse.
The “pick a team” method in Washington has allowed for behaviors that are loyal to the team and players rather than being loyal to the people Washington is meant to represent. Somewhere over the last 25 years our country has been hijacked by politicians who manipulate high power for financial gain. Romney, Gingrich and Santorum are prime examples of the product that 25 years of “pick a team” mentalities have created. Ron Paul represents the person who hasn’t ever picked a team because he/she didn’t really “get” politics. The reason my generation has never “gotten it” is because that’s precisely what Washington wanted to happen. They knew by limiting who knew about the inner circle the more fortified the inner circle became. The more complicated they made the inner circle’s workings the more difficult it would be for an outsider to gain access to overall ideals and ultimately, financial support.
The “pick a team” method is similar to the way kids in Texas were raised to pick either UT or A&M…now you hear chatter about Texas Tech…15 years ago that was unheard of…..it’s my assumption that perhaps the 3rd team has finally gained enough support and “political know-how” to get the job done and show Washington that the team they’ve underestimated the whole time was…the people.
Power to the people has never been so necessary. As our economy wallows and our policymakers have become corrupt, the only people who can save the project our founding fathers started so long ago…are the American People. If we don’t do it through voting, one day, we’ll be doing it through war.